"Be Not Troubled" by Elder Ronald A. Rasband was definitely one of my favorite talks this General Conference. I love how it was given Saturday morning when the adjustments to 2019 were made. Here Elder Rasband is encouraging us onward as we accept more responsibility and step up to the plate.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints suggests the following when teaching from this talk:
Elder Rasband’s message highlights several scriptures that can help us dispel any fears we may have about the perilous times we live in. Ask members to search these scriptures for counsel that they could share with someone who is fearful about the future. What else could they share from Elder Rasband’s message? How can fear “[limit] the perspective of God’s children”? Invite members to share how they have learned to overcome their fears and live with faith.
Questions to Ponder
When has the Savior helped you overcome fear?
What are valid fears we face in this world?
How can fear limit our progression? What purpose might fear have as part of our earthly existence?
How can we help others overcome their fears?
What are some things we can do to build a strong foundation so fears will not overcome us?
When has the spirit helped you to push away fears and doubts?
When has standing with the prophet helped you overcome your fears?
When standing in holy places, how have you felt the spirit ease your worries? What are some holy places you can stand in?
In what ways does the love of God conquer all our fears?
How can we be active in overcoming fears and troubles?
What do you love that the Lord loves?
How do you maintain optimism in a pessimistic world?
How do you encourage spirituality in yourself and others?
When have you put your fears aside and relied on the Lord?
Why do you doubt or fear? What helps you fear not?
These are my ideas. My hope is reading my thoughts will be a springboard to finding the right plans for your class.
Have class members list fears on the board. You can do this as everyone gathers in the room by handing out markers and asking people to write a fear on the board then to pass the marker on to someone else. Read some of the fears out loud and validate them. Then discuss how we can overcome them with the Lord’s help. You could even erase the fear with how it is defeated. Also discuss how we can find ways to overcome our fears.
As class members enter the classroom give them a fear on a piece of paper. Tell them that is their fear and to discuss with others nearby how they can defeat it. Have a few share when you meet back together.
Read and discuss the following scriptures about fear: D&C 68:6, 6:36, 6:34, Isaiah 41:10, Philippians 4:13, Luke 1:37, 2 Timothy 1:7, and any others you’d like to include. What comfort can be found in each scripture? How can we apply these scriptures to some of our fears today?
Read the story of Joseph Smith in D&C 121: 1-17 and discuss what Joseph’s fears were and how the Lord helped and responded to him. What can we learn from this story?
Pass out my fear web. As your class writes in their answers, ask them what they notice about their page. All their fears caught up in the web, block what’s to come next. How do our fears keep us from progressing or following the prophet? What can we learn from our fears instead? How can we use them as a way to draw closer to Christ instead of blocking him out of our lives? You can have your class crumble up their papers and toss them in the trash can once you have discussed ways to overcome them OR have them write solutions on their webs to remember once they go home.
Use my rope object lesson (scroll down to my video and skip to about 1:00) where each knot in the rope represents a time you chose to doubt not or fear not. Also see the block example at about 3 minutes.
Draw on the power of music for this lesson. Ask people what songs help strengthen their faith and overcome their fears. You can then either read some of the words out loud, sing the hymn together, or listen to the music quietly allowing individuals to ponder on it.